Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel: Design & Technology - Product Design (9DT0)
Students should have achieved at least a Level 6 in GCSE Design &
Technology. A major pre-requisite of this course is that the student is
able to draw and be comfortable using computers.
What Do We Study:
The Design & Technology course encompasses the true essence
of design. On the course, students will develop a broad view and
understanding of Design & Technology, developing their capacity
to design and make products to solve problems. The course also
considers broader issues including the complex relationships between
design, society, environment, materials, manufacture and marketing.
Recognised as a Centre of Excellence, the Product Design studio is fully
equipped with all the latest technologies and equipment, giving students
access to some of the very best facilities the design industry has to offer.
Students will be assessed at the end of the U6 year across two
Component 1: Principles of Design & Technology, is a 2 hours and 30
minutes written examination (50%). The paper includes calculations,
short-open and open-response questions, as well as extended writing
questions focused on a range of topics relating to the design and
Component 2: Independent Design & Make Project is a non-examined
assessment (50%) where students must undertake a substantial
design, make and evaluate project. This will test their skills in the
designing and making of a fully working product.
Most subjects but primarily Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics,
Geography, Business Studies and Art.
Career and University Opportunities:
With a qualification in Design & Technology you could go on to
higher education or work in the engineering, manufacturing or design
industries. Many students go on to study design-based courses
at university. From there, careers are possible in interior design,
architecture, product design, engineering in all its forms, fashion and
graphic design as well as the new avenues of virtual product design
based on computer aided design (CAD), materials science, or even